October 6, 2014
In an era where the toughness of the breed has come under scrutiny, one would be hard pressed to find a more exemplary example of soundness and durability among the ranks of current grade one performers than Belle Gallantey.
This remarkable runner produced a career best effort as she routed the field in the 2014 Beldame Stakes (gr. I). In front throughout, Belle Gallantey was five lengths clear entering the straight, and continued to widen her advantage, hitting the line 8¼ lengths clear. The runner-up, Eclipse Award contender Stopchargingmaria, came into the race boasting a three race win streak, including victories in the CCA Oaks (gr. I) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and those further behind included graded stakes winners Fiftyshadesofhay and Stanwyck.
Belle Gallantey earned a 103 Beyer Speed figure for this victory, which also saw her pass the $1,000,000 mark in earnings. It is also amazing to note that this performance came almost three years after Belle Gallantey earned her first black-type by taking third in the Fantasy Stakes on her third start as a juvenile. In addition, the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) confirmed Belle Gallantey’s standing as one of the Nation’s leading older mares, following on from her victory in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I). Again leading from wire-to-wire, Belle Gallantey turned back the challenge of graded stakes winner Flashy American, before drawing clear to score by 2¾ lengths from multiple grade one winner and Eclipse Award finalist Princess of Sylmar, with graded scorers Gamay Noir, Bryan’s Jewel and Molly Morgan completing the field.
Belle Gallantey is by After Market, a multiple grade one winning Storm Cat son, who is bred on an identical cross to three-time Leading Sire, and highly-promising broodmare sire, Giant’s Causeway. Out of a four- time winning granddaughter of A.P. Indy, Belle Gallantey has another exceptional race mare close up in her pedigree. Her granddam, Field of Vision, is by multiple champion Deputy Minister out of the famed champion, Meadow Star. Described as “one of the greatest two-year-old fillies ever-” Meadow Star’s victories included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), in which she defeated champions Dance Smartly and Flawlessly; the Matron Stakes (gr. I); the Frizette Stakes (gr. I); the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I); the Acorn Stakes (gr. I); and the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I). Field of Vision is also a sister to Grechelle, a graded stakes performer who is dam of stakes winners Bubbler and Unbridled Femme.
A veritable iron mare, Belle Gallantey is a dual grade one winner, who produced her finest effort at age five – a devastating victory over an Eclipse Award candidate in the form of her life – having earned her first black-type as early as her third start at two. By a multiple grade one winning son of Storm Cat, she is out of a granddaughter of a great champion.